Connecticut contractor’s death ruled accidental electrocution

A New Hampshire man who died in July while repairing the exterior of a building in Rocky Hill, Connecticut had been electrocuted, a spokeswoman from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday. The 32-year-old was inside a cramped crawl space above an office at the time of the incident. Hartford Courant

Worker run over and killed at DFW Landfill

On Tuesday afternoon, an employee of DFW Landfill was run over and killed. According to police radio traffic and other sources, the employee was struck by a customer in a pickup truck hauling a trailer-load of materials to be dumped. The incident occurred in the waste dumping area. Lewisville Texan Journal

Fed-OSHA threatens two Austin-employed firms with six-figure fines

Fed-OSHA has targeted two companies hired by the city of Austin, Texas with more than $121,000 in fines for allegedly dangerous trenching protocols in downtown Austin. According to a cited willful violation, inspectors on April 28 found that four workers were shoveling and jackhammering in two different trenches, neither of which were equipped with an […]

New regs include shipyard fall protection

The Department of Labor is considering new safety standards to prevent shipyard employees from falling. Fed-OSHA on Wednesday issued a request for information as it contemplates new fall protections for shipyard workers. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Girl in pool couldn’t be rescued because water was electrified, 911 caller says

A caller told a 911 dispatcher Saturday afternoon that he couldn’t try to help a 17-year-old girl found floating in a community pool in Raleigh, North Carolina, because the water was electrified. OSHNC is investigating. The pool reportedly was inspected three times for health and safety in 2016, including two unannounced visits in June and […]

Former N.C. Labor Commissioner responds to editorial

“Regarding the Sept. 2 editorial ‘Tragic memories’: After 25 years, The News & Observer still doesn’t recognize the facts about the tragic Hamlet fire that resulted in unnecessary loss of life and multiple injuries,” writes John C. Brooks, N.C. Commissionser of Labor, 1977-93. Raleigh News & Observer

Alabama meat processing plant fined after worker lost fingertip

A meat processing plant in Bakerhill, Alabama is facing $76,734 in proposed penalties after an investigation prompted by a worker losing his fingertip. Fed-OSHA investigated the Keystone Foods plant after a 65-year-old worker lost the tip of his left index finger while cleaning an overhead saw blade on March 7. Alabama Media Group

Southeast Missouri Dollar General facing nearly $98K fine

The Dollar General in Van Buren, Missouri is facing a nearly $98,000 Fed-OSHA fine for allegedly jeopardizing worker and customer safety. An inspector found blocked exits and other safety hazards at the store. The report shows that a cart with merchandise was in the exit way from the store floor to the stock room. KFVS […]

Fed-OSHA fines Illinois contractor more than $100K over trench hazards

A Joliet, Illinois construction contractor with a history of safety citations, and lots of government work, has been fined more than $100,000 for putting workers at risk of trench cave-ins. P.T. Ferro Construction Co. was issued one willful and two serious safety citations by Fed-OSHA. It is the seventh time in 40 years that the […]

Fed-OSHA investigating Pittsburgh bridge fire

Fed-OSHA is investigating the Liberty Bridge fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bridge has been closed since Friday, when sparks from crews cutting steel with a torch set fire to plastic pipes. The burning pipes ignited large tarps on a temporary deck beneath the bridge. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze, which […]

NIOSH webinar to discuss aging workforce

The next webinar in NIOSH’s Total Worker Health series will provide an “overview of theory, research data, obstacles and potential solutions for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging workforce.” Slated to take place on Sept. 27, Productive Aging and Work: Theory, Health Data, & Practical Solutions is intended for professionals in the […]